'''Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett''' (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an American-English playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular ''Little Lord Fauntleroy
'' (published in 1885–1886), ''A Little Princess
'' (1905), and ''The Secret Garden
Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham Hill|Cheetham
, England. After her father died in 1852, the family fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling near Knoxville
, Tennessee. There Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870 her mother died, and in 1872 Frances married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor. The Burnetts lived for two years in Paris, where their two sons were born, before returning to the United States to live in Washington, D.C.
Burnett then began to write novels, the first of which (''That Lass o'...